Defence Area 14 – Cuckmere Haven

The Defence Area (Number 14) at Cuckmere Haven is still a fascinating place to explore; even 76 years after construction almost all the defences still exist and the landscape is relatively unchanged. Identified in the German plans for Operation Sea Lion, the flood basin running inland from Cuckmere Haven would have been an ideal opportunistic marine landing site, bounded on both sides by the high cliffs and farmland. The range of defences in existence today include anti-tank ditches, earthworks, walls and blocks, as well as a range of pillbox designs. Below are the results of my survey (19 November 2016).

The Defence of Britain database entries for Cuckmere Haven (c) Google Maps 2016
The Defence of Britain database entries for Cuckmere Haven (c) Google Maps 2016

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